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ATLANTA -- To help kick off the Produce for Kids 2011 Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign in all Publix stores on June 2, Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan was in Alpharetta, GA, on May 24 for a special kickoff event. Ms. Scanlan was joined by children from area Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and local community members to prepare garden vegetable pasta, one of PFK's Ideal Meals, at the Publix Cooking School.

 

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Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan with Produce for Kids founder John Shuman of Shuman Produce. (Photo courtesy of PFK)
Ms. Scanlan helped lead a cooking session where the kids prepared and tasted simple dishes from PFK's collection of healthy Ideal Meals recipes.

 

Free Ideal Meals cards, available in the produce section at participating retailers or on line at www.produceforkids.org, are chef-created and nutritionist-approved complete meal solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that show shoppers how to eat and cook healthfully with their kids.

Immediately following the in-store cooking demonstration session, Miss America did a meet-and-greet with shoppers, took photos and signed autographs, according to a May 26 PFK press release.

Produce for Kids is gearing up for its largest-ever annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign and is working with 16 supermarket grocery store chains across the country to help raise money for Children's Miracle Network-affiliated hospitals.

From May through July, participating fresh fruit and vegetable companies will make a donation to local children's hospitals based on sales of their fresh produce items at participating grocery stores. The more items purchased, the more local children's hospitals benefit. The participating grocery stores will also feature the Ideal Meals program from Produce for Kids.

The Miss America Organization has been a key supporter of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals for 25 years. The 18-year-old Ms. Scanlan from Nebraska has a personal platform to help in the childhood obesity effort with promotion of healthy eating and exercise. She comes from a family of seven children and loves to cook as well, which makes her a perfect partner for the Produce for Kids campaign.

Supermarket partners participating in the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign are Acme Markets; Kroger's Southwest and King Soopers divisions; Price Chopper, Ahold's Giant and Martin's Food Stores, Giant Landover, and Stop & Shop divisions; Meijer Stores; Publix Super Markets and Associated Wholesale Grocers' Major Savings, Advantage, Independent, Country Mart, Homeland and United divisions.

Sponsored products for each supermarket can be found on display materials in the grocery stores' fresh produce departments and on line at www.produceforkids.org.

Produce for Kids promotes healthy lifestyles for children by educating kids and parents about the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables while also supporting worthy children's causes.

Since its creation in 2002 by Shuman Produce Inc., Produce for Kids has raised more than $3.1 million for local Children's Miracle Network hospitals and PBS Kids to educate parents on healthy eating and raises funds for public broadcasting.